Rutgers researcher awarded $2.9 million to study pollinators

Rutgers researcher awarded $2.9 million to study pollinators

The grant will fund research focusing on declining pollinator populations.

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September 19, 2016

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences researcher Cristi Palmer was awarded $2.9 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her research on bees and other pollinators.

Congressional staffer Anton Becker explained that the grants were part of a project called the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative, established by the Department of Agriculture. The funding was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

According to NIFA’s website, the initiative aims to “address key challenges of national, regional and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.”

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